Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor
Detective Stella Bonasera
Dr. Sid Hammerback (Episodes 93+, Recurring Previously)
Adam Ross (Episodes 93+, Recurring Previously)
Goof: There is a location error. The address of the house where the action takes place is 2405 Central Park West, east penthouse, 25th floor. The aerial shots seem to indicate that the penthouse is in a handsome green/copper roofed building. However, that building is The Pierre which is located on Fifth Avenue.
Haylen Becall has been selected by the FBI personnel office to work for them. She is, apparently, leaving the CSI lab.
Goof: The picture that Stella takes with her phone is not the same as the one that shows on her screen later on.
Goof: When Richard Lawson is found in the 'oven', Stella says that they don't have much information to identify the corpse other than what's stated in his driving license. However, early on in the episode, Danny was seen checking out Lawson's record in the NYS Criminal History Information database, which contained accurate physical data.
Adam has a major in Geology.
Goof: When Walter Jones falls dead to the ground, his left leg is flexed in a different way than the one of the mummy.
Flack: Hey, guys. I figured out how our dead man called 911 (Leads Mac and Stella to the broken skylight)
Mac: Someone broke in, and we're just finding this?
Flack: My guys swear this room wasn't even here on the first go-round.
Mac: Who calls 911, asks for help, says they're dying and then cuts out before help can arrive?
Stella: Maybe our caller broke in, saw the body, made the anonymous call to lead us to the vic and then took off.
Flack: So he pulls a b and e to rob the place, then turns good Samaritan? I'll remember to thank him before I toss his ass in jail.
Stella: I don't think burglary was the motive. This place is full of antiques. He could have picked it clean.
Mac: Whoever broke in was here for something else.
Deborah Martin: Deborah Martin, FBI Personnel Office. I was cleared by Detective Mac Taylor and I'm here observing the lab, procedures, work environment. We're actually considering someone from this facility for our own lab.
Adam: Someone from here is moving to the FBI?
Deborah Martin: Mm-hmm.
Adam: Wow. That's a big deal.
Deborah Martin: Yes, it is.
Adam: (Chuckles) It's Jake, isn't it? It's Jake. I mean, he's such a... sorry, did I cross the line? Jake and I, we just, you know, applied at the same time together and, I... I mean, he is...
Deborah Martin: Actually, it's Haylen Becall.
Adam: Wow. Really?
Sid: Did you know that between 400 and 1400 A.D. there was a common belief that mummia was a potent medicine with curative powers? People used to grind up mummy parts and put them on their bodies to get well when they were sick.
Stella: Mmm, 'take two milligrams of mummy and call me in the morning'.
Sid: (Laughs) Something like that.
Mac: Sid, I thought you had hobbies outside of work.
Sid: I take it my interest in the history of my profession and the fascinating world of the post-mortem does not strike you as an... enjoyable pastime?
Mac: Let's take him to a Jets game this weekend.
Danny: Jones put up seed money for Harding's invention business, but it sounds like their deal eventually went sour 'cause Harding filed a suit in 1923 for patent infringement but it was dismissed. Jones comes up missing shortly after.
Mac: Sam Harding had motive to make that happen. Harding thought Jones stabbed him in the back and when he didn't win in court, he got revenge.
Danny: We just solved an 86-year-old murder. Not bad for a half a day's work.
Mac: Well, it gives us the rest of the day to tackle the remaining unanswered questions: who broke into the penthouse? And who made the 911 call?
Mac: (About Richard Lawson) If this guy's a successful real estate agent, what's he doing breaking into Sam Harding's penthouse?
Stella: Well, before he died, Harding set up a trust to take care of his home, keep it empty after his death. Nobody was allowed to go inside, not even the building's super or maintenance man.
Mac: He wanted to hide the fact that he murdered Walter Jones and left him there to rot.
Stella: His secret and Jones's body would've remained undiscovered, except this week the rule against perpetuities went into effect.
Mac: That stops dead people from owning property forever.
Stella: Right. Which means the penthouse was just about to be put up for auction by the state.
Stella: We can't find Richard Lawson.
Danny: Have you tried the penthouse?
Mac: Flack searched the place twice.
Danny: Well, no disrespect to Donnie boy you might want to try again. When I processed the static lifts from the ceiling, I found footprints with directionality. All right, now, all of them were moving into the room, nothing coming out. So nobody went back up that rope.
Stella: Flack said that the front door was bolted from the inside when he responded to the 911 call. Lawson didn't use that door when he left.
Mac: Has to be another way out.
Danny: Or not.
Flack: Power's back on.
Stella: Well, that took long enough.
Flack: Guess the switch was in Jersey.
Mac: Richard Lawson's got to be in this penthouse. There was no evidence suggesting he ever got out of here.
Stella: Do we rule out vanishing into thin air?
Mac: There's concrete behind this plaster. It's pretty damn thick.
Stella: Why would you have cement interior walls on the 25th floor of a New York city penthouse?
Mac: There may be hidden passages between these rooms.
Mac: This whole house is a murder weapon.
Mac: It's a giant slide puzzle that's already been solved.
Stella: And the reward for putting the last piece of the puzzle... is to be impaled by a swinging bed of knives.
Mac: Sam Harding was an inventor. This room, maybe this entire penthouse was his greatest creation.
Flack: Okay. Knowing that, how do we find Richard Lawson?
Mac: We play Sam Harding's game.
Stella: Things just got a lot more difficult.
Mac: And a lot more dangerous.
Adam: (Visibly upset because Haylen got the job with the FBI) I... I'm sorry, Mac. I'm just kind of off my game today.
Mac: I need an updated floor plan. Find out if one exists.
Adam: I'm on it, boss.
Danny: Are you? What's wrong with you?
Adam: (Still upset because Haylen got the job with the FBI) No, I... I... I'm fine.
Stella: (To Mac, after a trick reveals a passage leading to a new room inside the house) I'll shoot you if you say 'ladies first'.
Danny: So Adam's got his boxers all in a twist because Haylen's getting a job with the FBI.
Hawkes: Yeah? Good for her. And why does Adam care anyway? Didn't he think she was after his job?
Danny: I think he had a little crush on her.
Hawkes: It's an old phonograph cylinder. One of the original mediums for reproducing and recording sound.
Danny: Wow, it's kind of like the first iPod.
Stella: How did he get in here without playing musical furniture? We had to rearrange that entire room before the door opened.
Flack: I'm here with a downstairs tenant who's complaining about a water leak coming from above her.
Mac: A leak? The water's been shut off in that penthouse for years.
Flack: All right, I'll look into it.
Mac: Death by knife, death by fire... if Paula Davis is up there, she's drowning.
Adam: Listen, for what it's worth, erm... Haylen is really great, really competent, really smart. And... erm, I mean, I didn't know her that well, but I just know she's the type of person that's meant to work in that field. She's smart and talented...
Deborah Martin: And you're really happy she's leaving because she was threatening your job.
Adam: What? No, no. Who... who told you that? Was it Jake?
Deborah Martin: Everyone.
Adam: That is so not true. Me? Threatened? Please. Wait. (Elevator doors close and Deborah leaves) How... how many people said that? Whatever.
Sam Harding: (In his recorded message to Walter Jones) A sad painful song. A song of lies and betrayal, heartbreaking. But a song can only make you feel so much. It's no substitute for real suffering. That's why I invited you to my home. Everything I worked for, you stole it and sold it to the highest bidder and kept the money. My money. Then you bought off the judge and made me look like a liar. So while you made millions, I invested my unrewarded ingenuity and hard work into making this place a lesson in pain, lies and betrayal. You may be smart enough to steal my inventions but let us see if you are smart enough to survive them.
Sarah Carter, who played Haylen in previous episodes, doesn't appear in this episode (technically her last one) despite her being mentioned.
Original International Air Dates:
Norway: February 17, 2010 on TVNorge.
Czech Republic: May 1, 2010 on AXN.
Turkey: May 3, 2010 on CNBC-e.
Spain: May 18, 2010 on AXN.
Sweden: July 12, 2010 on Kanal 5.
Slovakia: November 15, 2010 on JOJ.
Germany: November 15, 2010 on Vox.
Finland: March 30, 2011 on MTV3.
Schwarz zu Blau (instrumental) by Peter Fox.
Melina Kanakaredes' daughters were on set while filming this episode. One of them suggested for their house to be decorated with some of the tricks depicted in the fictional penthouse.
Ella Thomas, who plays Agent Deborah Meade, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Sink or Swim.
Despite featured in the opening credits, Anna Belknap does not appear in this episode.
Flack: So he pulls a b and e to rob the place, then turns good Samaritan?
The Parable of the Good Samaritan appears in the Gospel of Luke (one of the canonical gospels in the Holy Bible) and it illustrates that human kindness and fellow feeling must be available to all.
Mac: Flack, you said on the first search of the apartment no one found the utility room?
Flack: Yep. It's like it just popped up out of nowhere.(Hums the theme to The Twilight Zone)
The Twilight Zone, created by Rod Serling, is an American tv show that depicts a mixture of fantasy, science fiction, horror and suspense.
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